Friday, April 17, 2015

Bluebonnets, Traced Objects, and More

In keeping with her continuing Spring Theme, 
Joey's Challenge #56 is,
tangle a flower box or
a baskit 
of bluebonnets
I opted for a Baskit of Bluebonnets:
I kind of like it; how about you?

Take a look at joey’s site to see the other entries, 
and maybe try one yourself.
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 Diva's Challenge #213, Traced Object Strings
 
This week's challenge is to trace an object (or objects) 
to create a new and interesting string.
I started working on this while waiting at the Dentist's office. Searching through my purse, 
I came up with this little comb and 6" metal ruler.
 which I turned into this string:

 which became this tile:
 Be sure to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.
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At Tickled to Tangle, since this is the String Thing #88, Adele's daughters: Nancy and Sarah, came up with this string:
 
and Adele added these Tangle patterns, 
which bring 8's to mind:
8's by Jane Eileen Malone, CZT   
Pia by Margaret Bremner, CZT  
Tipz by Faith Cohen
I had no problem with Pia and Tipz, but I can never get 8's to look the way I want it to.  So I decided to leave it out of the mix:

But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I should at least try; so here's my second attempt:
It's not as bad as I expected. 

Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, late Monday afternoon, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday afternoon, when she offers the new ones.
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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Joey's, Square One, String Thing, and the Diva; 
they're all here in one fell swoop.

It's all about Spring at Joey's right now; so for starters, this week's challenge  is to use the tangle Cat-kin. I had just been looking at the latest String, #151, by Cherie Hartwick


It looked to me like a perfect match. So here's what I did with it, pairing it up with Trumpits
 Perhaps it's a bit simplistic, but I'm happy with it.
Take a look at joey’s site to see the other entries, and maybe try one yourself. 
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Next up is Squid, which was the Square One choice a week or two ago. I didn't post it right away because just when I finished it, Square One chose Nipa for the following week, and I was going to combine them. But after playing around with them together, I decided that Squid looked much better by itself. So here it is:
I really like Squid; I think it's a very elegant tangle. 
But now I'll have to do another tile for Nipa; and for the next Square One tangle, which is Man-O-Man. I've really got to get myself caught up with all these challenges. In the meantime, check out the Square One/Purely Zentangle group on Facebook and see all the other entries for Squid, Nipa and all the others. Square One has you going back to the basics; try it, you'll like it.
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Over at It's a String Thing, Adele has set out these strings:
 
and these new tangles:  
Loop by Amelie Liao, CZT
and
'Brella by Bunny Wright, CZT

The second string is a sort of miniatured version of one of my favorite, go-to strings, #043, by Beth Snoderly. So I was rarin' to go with it. But of course, I had to find a way for the tangles to work together in this particular setting. It actually turned out to be a no-brainer; set the more geometric one, 'Brella, as a frame. Eventually this is what I came up with: 


Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday afternoon, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday afternoon, when she offers the new ones.
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 And last, but not least, the Diva's Challenge #212. It's a UMT (Use My Tangle) challenge; the tangle is Fanz, by Susan Goetter. I chose to do a Monotangle.

Be sure to visit the Diva's site to see the other wonderful entries; it's amazing how different all the responses are. Maybe you'll be inspired to try out one of the Challenges yourself.
 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

String Thing #86

Adele Bruno created this string 
in honor of the coming Easter holiday:
 
and asked us to use Sharyn Penna's new pattern, Well-Mooka-Z. 
You can find the step-outs here.  
The other patterns suggested are:
Well by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas
Coaster by Carole Ohl, CZT
and
CO2 by Antonine Megger

Here's my interpretation. As you may notice, I've only used a tiny bit of Well-Mooka-Z (at the top of the egg). I really like the pattern; but I just haven't mastered it yet. So I've used Coaster, CO2,and 2 variations of the original Well.
 Be sure to check out all the entries @ Tickled to Tangle, on Monday afternoon, when Adele Bruno posts them. The vast differences that can be achieved using the same tangles on the same string are truly incredible. And, if you've a mind to try a String Thing yourself, check back on Tuesday afternoon, when she offers the new ones.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Zendala Dare #100!

This week Erin Olson, the Bright Owl, posted the 100th template for Zendala Dare! What an accomplishment! Congratulations, Erin. Here's to the next 100! (Forgive me for all the exclamation points, but it is a special event) Anyway, here's the template:
 
When I first started working on it, nothing happened; I just couldn't seem to get started. So I put it aside for a while, and did other things. Then I tried again, and got a little done around the outside, but couldn't decide what to do in the center. So I put it aside again, and this time when I came back to it, I had a few too many ideas. But eventually I got them sorted out, and this is what I came up with:
I'm happy with it; I hope you like it.
Be sure to visit the the Bright Owl's site; see the other wonderful entries, and maybe try out one of the Zendala Dares yourself.

Joey's Challenge #53; Border Print

First step in this week's challenge over at made by joey: 
 tangle a border print
Second step:  
tangle an all-over design 
Third step: 
either combine them both on one tile, or use them on separate tiles and stack one on top of the other to create the border around the all-over design. I chose to do the former, and I did it twice. I couldn't seem to get it right the first time around.

This was the first border I did; but I originally couldn't seem to come up with an all-over pattern to fill it. (I didn't think to scan it at that point)


So I did this one; 
the fill pattern quickly followed the border. 
 
 It wasn't until I scanned it to my computer that I realized that I hadn't attempted to shade it. After taking a good look at it, I decided that there really didn't seem to be any way to shade it, so I left it as is. Then I went back to the first border and added the all-over fill pattern.

I'm not really happy with these, but I did them, so I'm posting them. Take a look at joey’s site to see the other entries, and maybe try one yourself. And come back next week when I hope to have new and improved tiles for you to see.